Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jessie Humphries... Is She Really a B-Word?

And NO - I'm not talking about that "B-Word!" I'm talking about words like Beautiful, Bubbly & Brilliant! Jessie is all of those things and MORE! She is a truly fantastic blogging buddy and I feel very lucky to have gotten to know her better. If you haven't been over to her notorious blog... B-WORD, you need to make sure you get over there. She constantly ROCKS! And I am so grateful she came over to share with us today! So, I won't keep you waiting....

Thanks for being here today Jessie! We are so excited to hear from you!

1. Hi Jessie! So... in 30 words or less, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a full-time mother, a part-time attorney, a manic writer, and a total B-Word. Or so I have been told.
2. Now tell us a little about your current WIP! (Which sounds SO awesome, BTW!)

My current WIP is a contemporary YA thriller. I got the idea for this book last year at the 2011 Storymakers Conference, when agent Sara Crowe was talking about what she was looking for in the YA market. At the time I was revising a paranormal romance set in France, and I dropped it like a hot baguette. Here's the hook for the new one: 

Seventeen-year-old Ruby Rose has killer looks, killer SAT scores, and even killer taste in shoes, but only her victims know how killer she really is. Not that child rapists and murderers deserve to be called "victims."

3. And... I was lucky enough to get to look at your query - so, when do you plan to take the plunge into QueryLand? (And don't you wish QueryLand was more like Disneyland? I do!)

In some ways QueryLand is a lot like DisneyLand--if you consider the two hour waits for one stinking ride! Anyway, I hope to start querying in a few months. Maybe in March or April. Yet, I am trying to glean some of my critique partner's patience and wait until the thing is shining like a baby's butt! Where did that saying come from by the way? My baby's butt is anything but shiny! 
4. What is one thing you think is important for all writers to know?

I may be a broken record with this one, but perseverance is something all writers need to learn. I remember reading Stephenie Meyers story to publication a few years back and thinking my experience could be similar. You know, first book, instance success. I now understand that I am in it for the long haul, and that is okay. I attend conferences, read writing books, devour the genre I write in looking for things the authors did so well, and I write everyday. I'll get there one day.

Now, lets throw in a few chocolate chip questions for some morsels of fun! 
5. If you had could make a trip in a time machine would you go to the past or the future, and why?

I would go to the past for sure. I would be like Biff from Back to the Future and take a sports almanac with me and own the Las Vegas casinos! Just kidding. But seriously I would. 
6. If you could be one literary character, who would it be? (I think I would be the MC in your book!)

I am not sure I would choose any of them. Think about it--we put our characters through every kind of hell imaginable. Katniss from Hunger Games had to kill other children. Harry Potter was an orphan tormented his whole life by a dark wizard. Juliette from my new favorite book Shatter Me, turned into a psychotic mental patient because her touch kills. But if you put a gun to my head and made me choose, I would go with Eleanor from Sense & Sensibility. I always admired her long-suffering and dignity. Her quiet strength through years of disappointment has always been a source of inspiration for me. She waited for her Edward!

7. And finally ... share one of your favorite thoughts or quotes..
My favorite quote is from Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince in English) by Antoine de Saint ExupĂ©ry.  "Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." I lived in France ten years ago, and so I am fascinated with all things French--from the language to the stinky cheeses. This quote doesn't translate perfectly into English, but the meaning is universal. I think we should always be guided by our hearts. In writing, in working, in living. 

Isn't she fabulous? I totally wish I could visit France. And good luck with your querying when it starts. I'm sure your MS will be polished and shiny! Thanks again for sharing with us today!

38 comments:

Kelley said...

Love Jess!!! Great interview! And that story sounds AMAZING!

Madeleine Maddocks said...

I love your comment: In some ways QueryLand is a lot like DisneyLand--if you consider the two hour waits for one stinking ride! LOL! Yes perseverance is something I am learning...

Cristina said...

awesome interview.

and Jessie, your book sounds awesome. It makes me think of Dexter and oh do I love Dexter, so I'm pretty sure I need to read your book. get it published already, yeah?

Jennifer Lee Young said...

Ruby Rose sounds like a tough cookie! Best of luck with your WIP Jessie! Thanks for sharing with us.

Ruth Josse said...

Fun interview, girls! Jessie, your thriller sounds awesome! Good luck as you approach query time!

Cruise to the Max said...

I know that Jessie and she for sure is a b-word. ha ha. I love her like I love coke.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I LOVE Jess! :D She's one of my fave's. :) Great interview!

i'm erin. said...

Um, so you're not creeped out, I wrote the "cruise to the max" comment. Sorry that's my husbands account...and yeah, he's pretty creepy in that pic.

Donna K. Weaver said...

What a fun interview.

"Just kidding. But seriously I would." lol So, which is it? ;)

Sara Bulla said...

Great Interview! I love the little prince! Leigh, you have also been chosen for the Versatile Blogger award ... check it out on our blog, livetowrite1.blogspot.com. I know you're crazy busy, so whether you participate or not is your call. We just think you're awesome!

J. A. Bennett said...

She is beyond fabulous! Great interview, and I can't wait to read her book either :)

Jessie Humphries said...

You forgot another B-Word that I qualify for: Briber! Your Bribe money is in the mail!
Seriously, you are way nicer than I deserve. Thanks everyone for being so cool!

Cortney Pearson said...

Great interview, it's nice to get to know Jessie better!! I love French things too, I'm so jealous she lived there! I took some French in college, and sadly I don't remember much. Good luck when you start querying, Jessie!!!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Aww. I love Jessie! Not only does her WIP rock as much as she does, but I've been to a few conferences with her, and she looks as beautiful when she crawls out of bed as she is in that pic. I know. Total B-Word. ;)

And Leigh: Your blog is pretty. Just thought I'd tell you. Again.

Tara Tyler said...

jessie is awesome! i got to read her query too, great story! excellent interview!

ps, love your header, its adorable!

Jenny S. Morris said...

Love Jessie and her book sounds SO AMAZING.

Love the interview and the advice on perseverance is amazing.

Leigh Covington said...

Erin - you're freakin' us out!!!! ;)

Leigh Covington said...

Awww! Thanks so much Peggy. I'm glad you like it! Pretty blogs like yours are my inspiration! :)

Leigh Covington said...

LOL! You are amazing. This has been so much fun! I most definitely NOT too nice. You deserve all my praise! *bowing down* :)

Melanie Fowler said...

This is awesome. I get to meet awesome people from other awesome people. :)

Shirley Wells said...

Great interview! I love the idea of QueryLand being like DisneyLand. :)

L.G.Smith said...

I think I'm jealous of her time in France. What a great experience, stinky cheese and all. And great quote from The Little Prince. :)

Shallee said...

Jessie cracks me up! This was a great interview-- the WIP description intrigued me! Thanks, Leigh and Jessie.

Mark Noce said...

Neat interview, but wow..what an opening to your blog, you build tension and storytelling into every post:)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I wish that all queries had a turnaround of only two hours (the wait at DisneyLand). Unfortunately it does seem longer than that for most. I love meeting new people. I wish you the best of luck in finding success in the YA Market. IT's pretty tough to get your foot in the door I think but you definitely sound like you got the chops.

Iain said...

Yet another great interview. And what brilliant answers. Thanks :o)

Kelley said...

Hi there!

I just wanted to let you know that I left you awards over at my blog!!

Pop on over and get em' :)

Susan Fields said...

Great interview, ladies! I love the hook for your wip, Jessie - best of luck with it!

Jolene Perry said...

AWESOME interview!!

Eleanor's my fav, too.
The woman who does everything right, even when it kills her to do it, gets her man in the end.

Melodie Wright said...

Oh great interview! And my daughter is watching Sense and Sensibility RIGHT NOW. o.O
New follower, Leigh! *waves to Jessie* Good luck in QueryLand!!

Leigh Covington said...

Thanks for the follow Melodie! "Sense & Sensibility" is so good! I'll be hopping over to your blog! :)

Leigh Covington said...

Whoot-whoot! Thanks Kelley! You're the best!

Leigh Covington said...

Thanks Mark! The name for her blog, gave us a great opportunity to open with this!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Great interview! The book sounds awesome - can't wait to read it! :) - I love the choice of Eleanor for a character to be, and I love that quote from The Little Prince - so true! Thanks, Jessie and Leigh!

Angela Cothran said...

What a fun interview :) And that book sounds KILLER!

Carrie Butler said...

1) Leigh, your header image is too flippin' cute! :)

2) Great interview!

3) Yay! Onward to QueryLand, Jessie! ;)

Katie Dodge said...

Love Jessie. Fun interview!

eva fhadilah said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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